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Forgery defendant to be screened for substance abuse treatment

Cary Ashby • Feb 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

An Erie County resident is going to be screened for possible acceptance into a substance abuse program.

Former Attica resident Benjamin C. Shepherd, 26, was indicted in October on two counts of forgery and one theft charge all in connection with an Aug. 14 incident.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Shepherd's probation officer, Dexter Chandler, decided Shepherd wouldn't be a good candidate for the court's substance abuse program. While the judge didn't elaborate, he said he is willing to have Shepherd possibly go through the Benchmark program in Erie County.

Shepherd, who is out on bond, is subject to random drug screens.

The next hearing about intervention in lieu of conviction is March 18. The trial date hasn't been rescheduled.

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